‘Game of Thrones’: Emilia Clarke Says Episode 5 Is Even Bigger

Emilia Clarke strongly suggests watching the next to last episode of Game of Thrones on the biggest screen you can possibly find. And when Daenerys talks, you should listen.

Granted, people may not need much convincing, with anticipation for the show moving beyond a fever pitch. Who will die? Who will kill whom? Who will finally sit on the Iron Throne? These and other burning questions fire up millions of tongues every week, and people are practically drooling.  

What’s all the excitement this time? Besides the show, Clarke got a little nutty herself, dressing up as a Game of Thrones character in Times Square — and it wasn’t as Dany.

What’s coming up in ‘Game of Thrones’ episode 5?

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Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

The trailer forecasts a behemoth battle for King’s Landing battle. Yes, another big battle, because one just isn’t enough for the final season. And maybe it will even be brightly lit this time, and surely free of anachronistic coffee cups.

The trailer shows Jon Snow and the rest of Daenerys’ forces arriving at the capital. Cersei Lannister has sealed herself and her forces inside while surrounded by tens of thousands of civilians.

The episode will feature a character who is new to the show but who has also appeared in the George RR Martin books: Captain Harry Strickland, played by Marc Rissmann.

Who is Harry Strickland on ‘Game of Thrones’?

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He’s the commander of the Golden Company, the mercenary group Cersei hired.  It was formed by Westerosi forces who fled after the Blackfyre Rebellion. The Stricklands went into exile, but its sons have served in the Golden Company ever since.

His backstory is different on the page. In Martin’s fifth book, a young man claiming to be Aegon Targaryen hires the Golden Company to invade Westeros. And they have a good track record in that they succeed in taking Connington’s ancestral home of Griffin’s Roost.

On TV, however,  the Golden Company will be defending the Iron Throne instead of trying to conquer it. And since Arya has been this season’s breakout star, don’t be surprised if she plays a key role in all of this.

Emilia Clarke changes characters for a day

In the midst of all this furor, Clarke put on a disguise during a recent visit to Times Square. She certainly can’t go as Daenerys without people starting a riot.  So she dressed up as Jon Snow instead.

If her aim was not to attract attention, it actually worked, she explained during a recent Jimmy Kimmel appearance. Asked what the reaction was, she said, “People didn’t care. They really didn’t care! They were like, ‘Oh yeah, there’s a freak dressed as Jon Snow.'”

One can only wonder what Kit Harington would have said since he and Clarke actually felt awkward about having to get romantic in season 7. She told Variety: “The first scene we had together, we both just started laughing. Why are you looking at me this strange way and saying these strange lines? You’re my friend!”

And Harrington didn’t just look at her strangely. He pretended to retch, too, prompting Clarke to respond, “Oh my God, mate. You’re not making this any easier.”

For now, however, such awkwardness has been eclipsed by the buildup to the final episodes.  Clarke was so excited about episode 5 that on a recent appearance with Jimmy Kimmel, she couldn’t put it into words. And even if she could, she wouldn’t be able to say much.

“Episode 5 is bigger. Episode 5 is (pause, exhales). They’re all insane, (but) find the biggest TV you can,” she insisted.

So put away those smartphones and tablets. They’re not going to cut it.